The Holiday Season is upon us and no matter which one of the major winter holidays you are celebrating, there might be some gift-giving involved. Of course, you can just scroll through the endless offers on Amazon and order something with just one click.
But, wouldn’t you want to give a more meaningful, personalized, handmade gift for the special person in your life. Something that will let them know that you spend a little thought and time on figuring out and making what you thought might be pleasing to them.
Especially for the beauty lover on your list, there are plenty of homemade gifts made easy, fast, and on a budget. I’ve compiled just 7 of my all-time favorites that are not only always well-received but also super fun and a breeze to make.
Why bother with handmade skincare gifts?
You might be asking yourself, why bother when there is so much out there that can be bought? Well, I find that handmade gifts are usually much more appreciated than the store-bought kind. Apparently, there is even some research to suggest that I’m not alone in that thinking.
Findings suggest that people feel that homemade items show more love, and love is what they want to express to the gift recipient.5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Make Your Gifts Meaningful
Not only do they show the recipient that you spend some time thinking about what might be pleasing to them and then actually executing the idea. They are also much easier to customize and more often than not more sustainable than things bought in a store or online.
Homemade gifts made easy and fast
There are so many to choose from, from soaps and candles to aromatherapy presents and pampering gifts of all kinds. I will limit myself here to the most favorite ones and the easiest ones to make. These 11 DIY self-care gifts and natural skincare gifts are sure to please the natural beauty lover in your life.
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Tis’ The Season Lip Balm
DIY lip balm is so much fun to make! I love trying out different recipes and flavors and usually change them up depending on the season and mood. Around winter holidays, I like to find scents and flavors that remind me of the season: cinnamon, clove, cardamom, orange, vanilla, chocolate. Warm and cozy, that’s the name of the game from November till about March.
There are two ways to make this lip balm. You could take the longer route and infuse your oils with actual vanilla seeds from a vanilla pod and with cardamom from cardamom seeds. Not too difficult, takes about 30 minutes of infusing on the stove.
The even faster way is to use Vanilla Absolute and Cardamom Essential Oil to get the flavors into the lip balm. With the added orange essential oil and the natural chocolate flavor from the cocoa butter, this lip balm smells good enough to eat.
This recipe will make 10 tubes or 3 half-an-ounce tins of lip balm.
1 tsp Organic Castor Oil
1 TBS Organic Cocoa Butter
5 tsp Organic Beeswax (or carnauba wax for vegans)
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil (or 1 cap pricked with a needle and squeezed into the mix)
5 Cardamom Seeds or 5 drops Cardamom Essential Oil
1 If infusing the oil, cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and remove the seeds with a sharp knife. Place into a glass container (beaker or a jar) with your jojoba or FCO. Add the cardamom seeds (without the pods). Place the oil into a double boiler or just a small pot with water. Let it get heated on the lowest heat for 30 minutes or so. Make sure that the water in the outer pot does not evaporate. You do not want to cook the oil, only to infuse the flavors into it.
2. If not infusing the oil, place the liquid oils, butter and beeswax into the double boiler and heat up until melted.
3. Remove from the heat and add the essential oils.
4. Pour the lip balm into tubes or tins and let cool.
5. Affix a cute handmade label on the containers. Done!
Dreaming of the Tropics Lip Scrub
For those where the holiday season falls onto the coldest months of the year, we are often dreaming of escape into the warmer climes. Why not gift your friends and family a gift that will remind them of the endless summer or a trip to a tropical beach.
While a lip balm will be helpful to those who want to retain moisture for their pout, lip scrub is a must for those with chapped lips. And lip scrubs are so ridiculously easy to make! Check this out.
Ingredients (for 2 0.5-ounce-tins):
1 tsp Virgin Coconut Oil
2 tsp Organic Shea Butter
2 TBS Fine Organic Sugar
7 drops Lime Peel essential oil
2 drops Neroli essential oil (it is pricey but the aroma is truly intoxicating)
1-2 drops of Vitamin E oil (optional)
- Place the oil and butter in a bowl. Stir until combined.
- Add sugar, essential oils, and Vitamin E oil (if using) and mix with a fork until combined
- Place into tins or jars. Done!
Essential Oils infused Body Oil
Everybody knows that our bodies need more moisture during these colder months. One of the easiest ways to keep the skin well-hydrated and nourished in the wintertime is to use body oil after every shower. It’s best to use it right after the shower so it can sink right in.
If your friend could use a little TLC in that department, make them an aromatic body oil they will be happy to use. Possibilities are endless and if you know your friend’s preferences when it comes to scents, customize this oil to their liking. Some people love citrusy smells if they shower in the morning since it can help them wake up and leave them reinvigorated.
Others might want to use it in the evening as part of their bedtime routine, so maybe opt for more calming oils like the old staple lavender or other soothing herbal aromas like sweet basil or marjoram.
When in doubt go for rose or geranium. It is only a really rare person that does not get intoxicated with these ultimate floral scents.
Read up here about which carrier oils are best to use for what skin type and customize your body oil.
I like to mix up two or three oils and then add essential oils to them. Here are a few ideas:
Light Night-night Body Oil (for a 2-ounce bottle)
1 oz Organic Grapeseed Oil
0.5 oz Organic Jojoba Oil
O.5 oz Organic Sweet Almond Oil
Sensual Nourishing Body Oil
1 oz Camellia Oil
0.5 oz Organic Argan Oil
O.5 oz Organic Sweet Almond Oil
40-50 drops of Love Vanilla Essential Oil Blend
Good Morning Sunshine Body Oil
1 oz Organic Hemp Seed Oil
0.5 oz Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil
O.5 oz Organic Apricot Oil
And so on. Mix them up, have fun with them!
Whipped Candy Cane Lane Body Butter
For a tiny bit more involved self-care gift, you can whip up a body butter for some extra stay8ig power. These body butters are perfect for all-over moisturization but they come in especially handy for rough spots like elbows, knees, and feet.
Easy to make, and super easy to customize, just like the body oils.
This recipe is for 12 ounces of the finished product.
¼ cup Organic Cocoa Butter
¼ cup Organic Shea Butter
¼ cup of Virgin Coconut Oil (not fractionated)
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
- Combine the butters and coconut oil in a double boiler and melt until liquid
- Remove from heat.
- Place in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling. Keep checking every five minutes and take out of the fridge just when the mixture begins to solidify again.
- Using a standing or hand mixer whip the mixture, while stirring in the essential oils and the vitamin E oil.
- When stiff peaks begin forming stop whipping and move the butter into jars or tins.
- Affix a label and enjoy!
Orange and Cream Body Scrub
Who doesn’t enjoy a good body scrub once in a while? Personally, I live for my occasional visits to a Korean spa nearby where I can get buffed with sugar or salt scrub. That’s real pampering!
Since visiting an actual spa is time-consuming and would amount to a substantial expenditure if done daily, the second-best is an at-home scrubbing ritual with a handmade body scrub.
Give your friends a gift of at-home-spa. The good part is, it is another one of these super easy recipes that really anyone can do in a jiffy. Here it is (will make one 8-ounce jar)
1 cup organic sugar
¼ cup Virgin Coconut Oil
Zest of one orange (or get dried orange peel powder)
1 tsp Organic Cinnamon Powder
1 tsp Organic Cloves Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
25 drops Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil
2 TBS Castille soap (optional, if you want more “slip” for the scrub)
- Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler or in microwave oven
- In a bowl combine sugar, sest and spices.
- Add the melted oil, vanilla extract, essential oils and Castille soap (if using) and mix well until combined.
- Put into an 8-ounce jar.
- Use in the shower or bath.
Grapeseed And Aloe De-Puffing Eye Roller
I gifted this roller to a few friends and got such great responses I thought I’ll include it here as well. While not specifically winter-themed, this de-puffing eye area roller is super easy to make and use and an instant hit.
5 ml Organic Grapeseed Oil
5 ml Aloe Vera Gel
3 drops of Frankincense
3 drops of Lavender
Mix all ingredients together in the roller bottle. Cap and mix well.
Shake well so that the oil and Aloe Vera can mix. Roll under the eyes, making sure that the mixture does not get into the eyes. It’s best to keep the roller in the fridge so that the rollerball is nice and cold when using which will aid in depuffing.
Into the Woods Beard Oil
Finally, let’s not forget those friends who might need a little help in grooming their beards. Nice beard oil is so much more than just a grooming tool. It is also a perfume of sorts so it is important to put some thought into designing the signature scent for your bearded friend.
Just like with designing a perfume, it makes sense to design the scent with top, middle and base notes in mind. For example, here are some scent options, each taking one essential oil from each of the notes groups.
- Bergamot (top) + Rosemary (middle) + Cedarwood (base)
- Sweet Orange + Balsam Fir + Vetiver
- Pink Grapefruit + Black Pepper + Patchouli
To make a one-ounce bottle of beard oil, add 7 drops of the top note, 3 drops of middle note, and 2 drops of base note essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil (Argan, Avocado, Jojoba are all good choices). Mix well. Done!
Place a few drops of the mixed bear oil in the palms of your hands. Rub the hands together to release the scent. Run the hands through the beard and/or hair. Breathe in and enjoy!
There you go – seven homemade gifts made easy!
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Enjoy making and gifting these handmade skincare gifts. And have the most wonderful Holiday Season yourself!